#4 – Otaku WOTD – Ma
Empty space and time. Also a literary concept describing places in a story where the reader must fill in what’s missing from the narrative. Common in anime and manga.
I sometimes use this in stories by having a character stare off while saying ‘Mah…’. It works well as a syllable that fills up the space and indicates that they are trying to piece together things from different points in the narrative. I am especially fond of fanfiction in which Kakashi uses this instead of saying ‘Oi.’
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